Banking Happiness

Occasionally in training people will say something like Thats one more in the bank, or I banked some miles. Basically it is a way of earning or storing up training for some future event. Sometimes I think we pay forward our happiness with our sorrow. Its sort of like this little story -
A Jewish guy comes to Rabbi:

Rabbi, in my apartment besides me and my wife, there are also my children
and my mother-in-law and I don't have enough room! What should I do?

Rabbi: Bring a goat in the house. Let him live with you.

The guy: But Rabbi, there is no place for me!

Rabbi: Bring a goat in the house, I tell you!

In a month the guy comes again:

Rabbi, it became much worse, there is no place.

With the goat in the apartment there is no place to move.

Rabbi: Now get rid of the goat!

On the next day, guy comes to Rabbi full with happiness:

Thank you, thank you Rabbi. It is so good now, so much space!

Funny how challenges make us appreciate what we already have. This Christmas season I have been filled with joy. Why? For starters neither of my kids are in jail. Yes, that is something I never thought I had to worry about and now Ive earned this bit of joy. Last year I struggled through the holidays and if you are facing some serious issues Id like to encourage you to hang in there. Life is lived in chapters and if you are suffering this will end and you will have banked some happiness for the next chapter. With our sorrow we earn our happiness.

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.  ~Ancient Persian Saying